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07/11/2013

Solstice - Onward Southward

After the Gulf Stream the winds were still up in the twenties and the seas were still pretty rough. We weren't eating much (or cooking at all) and we had to be careful moving around the boat.Tuesday one slip (by Ray) led to an accident. He wound up with a scalp cut and a strained shoulder.The cut bled like scalp cuts do and we are still finding bloodstains to clean up, but there were no signs of concussion. We had to hold the bandage around his head with blue painter's tape over the gauze wrap.It looked pretty sporty. Tuesday was also marked with an engine overheat.In fact a lot of the coolant was boiled or leaked away. We couldn't immediately find the problem.Yesterday, after our first nice sailing day featured sunny blue skies, fifteen knot breezes, and more modest waves we started the. read more...


07/11/2013

Free Spirit - Day 6- Half Way There

All is well on S/V Free Spirit.It's taken us a few days to get this post up because we were having so much fun rocking and rolling with the rest of the fleet in the high winds and big seas the last few days.Saturday evening and early Sunday were spent motoring south towards Hatteras to make the Gulf Stream crossing. Winds started to build in the wee hours Sunday to 20 to 25.By midday Sunday we were seeing gusts to 30. The wind stayed that way for the next three days with gusts into the mid 30's.Needless to say most of the time was spent trying to keep from bouncing off of things as we moved about the boat.Tuesday night, the fun really began when the jib furling line chafed through and the jib unfurled.It was a little too much sail, but we had no way to reduce it and didn't want to put. read more...


07/11/2013

Wings - Wings Blog -- Thursday

Thursday morning, Nov. 7   It's 8:30 and, at last, the weather has calmed down.  We're currently running before a 15 knot wind; the sun is shining and the sea is reasonably calm. Dave is depressed that we've lost the high winds and the big waves that gave us our  speed over the last 3 days.  On the other hand, two members of the crew  (who shall remain Anonymous) are delighted to be able to move around the boat without being catapulted across the cabin, wrecking themselves and the boat. As we write, Howard and Dave are trying to fix the jib.  Tommy is at the helm, and the boat is riding smoothly.  It just goes to show how much better humans are than autopilots. This morning, in celebration of calm seas, Pat decided to cook a huge amount of. read more...


07/11/2013

Meltemi - Schippers neue Uhr

Der Schipper hat seine Uhr bei einem Reparaturversuch ruiniert. Die Crew ist der Überzeugung, ein Schiffsführer ohne Uhr ist nicht gut.In Gib. gibt es Uhren!!!!!!Wer so eine Crew hat braucht keine ?????2013-11-06 20.59.31. read more...


Meltemi - Schippers neue Uhr
Meltemi - Schippers neue Uhr
06/11/2013

Wings - Wings Blog -- Wednesday afternoon, Nov 6

Update -- Howard and Dave worked on the front head for 2 hours -- confirmed:  it's still not working.  Now, the 5 of us are going to really get to know each other very well as we share the one functioning head on the boat. There is the idyllic fantasy about sailing that you get rocked to sleep by the waves.  The reality is:  1)  you snatch sleep when you can and it's never more than a few hours; 2) your sleep is dictated by the angle of the boat -- if you're on the weather side of the boat, you are constantly trying to stop yourself from rolling out of bed on the lee side and hitting the floor.  To prevent this, Howard has helpfully installed lee cloths that merely serve to tangle you up in a bunch of ropes.   If you are foolish enough to pick the. read more...


06/11/2013

Solstice - Closing in on the midway point

Status Update:We are all making this happen and though we are exhausted from the relentless wind and big seas, we are in good spirits and the crew is working well together.Captain Bill and Tom remain tortured by sea sickness, but they are pulling through like champs.We had our first real injury today but Ray is going to be fine. He was launched from the windward side of the galley backwards and fell hitting his head and injuring his shoulder. He's taking the day off from watch duties to rest but he's not hurt seriously.Lots of blood from a scalp wound but we didn't have to stitch him up, thankfully.We've dubbed the galley the "Galley of Death".Whoa as I walk through the galley of death.:)I (Don) myself almost "pulled a Ray" too. When the boat rocks, you gotta roll with it. We are. read more...


06/11/2013

Wings - Wings Blog Wed morning

Wings:  Wed, Nov 6 -- morning blog.  Another day of rocking & rolling has started--with waves breaking over the deck, etc. Everybody is up and in good spirits, despite the frequent drenching courtesy of the  Atlantic. The sun comes and goes with the occasional squall. The Winds are whipping. The seas are confused, which matches the mindset of the crew most of the time. Bob, Dave and Tommy are tucked into the "Sea Camper 5000 XT" -- our nickname for the Bimini / dodger / plastic sides contraption that helps keep the weather out of the cockpit. At least, that' s the theory. Bob is telling stories; Dave is fantasizing about a drinking a Presidente; Tommy is at the helm; Howard is reading downstairs where I am blogging.  Cold breakfast again this a.m. -- we're now. read more...


06/11/2013

Meltemi - Benalmadena bis Gibraltar

Gestern Vormittag bis zu 50 Kn Wind im Hafen von Benalmadena. Ab Mittag ruhig bei nur 5 Kn.Auf dem Weg nach Westen dann wieder bis 30 Kn. gegenan. Mitternacht fest in Gib.Heute Affenfelsen besichtigen und dann Donnerstag Früh Richtung Madeira.. read more...


06/11/2013

La Rochelle - Preparations complete La Rochelle

With all the paperwork and safety inspections done we are ready to go.The long term forecast looks good with no more than 20 knots from the north east forecast for our 850 NM passage to the verdes.,which should take around 5-6 days.Hopefully we get a chance to use our spinnaker which has been anxiously waiting in the sail locker due to the rough passage from gibraltor.A huge thank you to all the "yellow shirts".The seminars have been very informative and the backup from all the staff has been first rate.The functions we have attended so far have been fantastic, Can't wait for SundayCrew. La Rochelle. read more...


06/11/2013

Wings - Wings blog Tues., Nov 5

Wings Blog for Tuesday,  Nov 5   Yesterday afternoon, smack in the middle of a squall, Howard and Dave started on about how the bow of the boat was too low to the waves.  An inspection of the forward locker found a secret  swimming pool and Dave promptly dived in. The two them then spent the afternoon pumping out a huge amount of the Atlantic-- not an easy feat when the only tools you've got are about $10 worth of kit from K-Mart.  If this problem continues, Howard will soon resemble Popeye... he could win an all-comers arm wrestling contest in any Norfolk bar. The event of the day has been our battle with the errant jib sail, the one that went kaput a couple of nights ago. Since then, we have fought skirmishes across the foredeck every few hours, mainly in. read more...


05/11/2013

Manali - What's Up in Las Palmas?

Life is looking up in Las Palmas. The new radar reflector is up the mast. Satellite system skills are on the up. The crew is shaping up nicely. One hicc-up. The search for the prescribed waterproof notepad has been fruitless and if anyone, for some strange reason, has two of these, we are keen to trade. Manali is currently ensconced on her pontoon between a bevy of Brits, Germans and French. Fellow Australian boats on nearby pontoons are heading south on Sunday for the ARC+ Rally which starts in the Cape Verde Islands. We will all end up together again in mid December in Saint Lucia, telling tall tales over Caribbean cocktails. The countdown is on with only 19 days until the ARC fleet sets sail from Las Palmas. Some boats are battle ready being run with boot camp precision and. read more...


Manali - What's Up in Las Palmas?
Manali - What's Up in Las Palmas?
05/11/2013

Tal Lira - 5 Nov: Day 4 s/v Tal'Lira 250nm to go!

Hi all! thanks for your congratulations on my birthday! Carole Dane, has her birthday on the same day as me (Pauline) and she is with Stepano and Cat and Dog on the way as well to Abacos, we have to wait to openthe bottle of champagne, because she turned 50 and she thinks it's a special moment of time, so we wait as well with the bubbles.It was a boisterous night (and day) for sure. and now it gets light, we can sail hopefully the whole day! It is strange to think that we will be in blue waters again in a day or two!! We figured out to arrive in themorning at Abacos and plan to take the west entrance, because the Notherly winds and waves make it impossible to enter straight in to Green Turtle Cay.. We will see.We had contact with fellow sailors, and Morning Haze is also doing well! Hope. read more...


05/11/2013

Adina - Facing the Camera

Adina has been interviewed for a documentary at King's College Junior School in Wimbledon, London. Fabulous fun with a wide ranging set of questions from the pupils. These included questions like "What is your biggest fear?" and "How do you make sure there is enough water to drink? to "Do you expect to see Sharks?" and our favourite question "Are you going to find treasure on the island?". More on our blog www.yachtadina.co.uk and we hope to post the actual footage when it's aired! Tom and Susie. read more...


Meltemi - Neue Crew in Benalmadena
Meltemi - Neue Crew in Benalmadena
04/11/2013

Solstice - Gulf stream crossing

We are safely on the other side but it was a wild ride.Previous:Status update, we are traversing the gulf stream heading ESE at 5+ knots. Seas are 8-10ft with mostly a regular period. Roughly 125 miles SE of the start.Virginia is a long way back.Ray joked that may change the boat's name to "Shaken, not Stirred". But then again, we had to do a 360 to unwrap a fouled genoa last night so maybe it should be "Shaken and Stirred".We cleared the bridge tunnel Saturday and sure enough as predicted, the winds went from 0 to 20 knts within an hour. Just about the time we'd get the first reef in, it was time to reef again. Finally we got her settled in for a nice ride. Nobody slept much, but that's changing as exhaustion sets in.Somehow we wound up with three quarts of mayonaise in stores. We are. read more...


04/11/2013

Meltemi - Deliveringcrew fertig zum Start

Die Crew für die Überführung Benalmadena/Las Palmas ist soweit. MELTEMI ist proviantiert, Sicherheitseinweisung ist auch erledigt.ARC Aufkleber für 2013 ist am Heck.Heute noch in Benalmadena und morgen nach Gibralta zum tanken und dann Richtung Madeira.Renate, Julia, Jürgen, Klaus, Andreas, Tim und Schipper Rüdiger freuen sich.P1000354. read more...


Meltemi - Deliveringcrew fertig zum Start
Meltemi - Deliveringcrew fertig zum Start
04/11/2013

Tal Lira - 4 Nov: Day 3 s/v Tal'Lira going South!

Cannot say it was a good night! So much traffic and you have no other choice than to avoid the confrontation, especially the 600ft and up ones going on course 001 and do not change! Spoke to Kinship, with whom we crossed on the course, they were going straight to Anegada! whilst we are going to Abacos. The weather forecast is for sailing, 23-28 knots with gusts to 35! We have had that!! Peter stated, tomorrow is your B'day and I want to be near the rum punch!! haha I don't think so... Well this for now, more later!P&P. read more...


04/11/2013

Wings - Wings Blog - Monday morning, Nov 4

Wings Blog:  Monday morning, Nov 4So, sailors bang on all the time about the weather, and we're no different.  In the last 24 hours, we've experienced the Gulf Stream with winds whistling along at about 24 knots and a temperature change of about 15 degrees.  Then finally out of the Gulf Stream, a brief respite, but then at about 4:00 A.M., this morning, the first of several (and continuing) squalls.  The first we realized what was happening was when the wind upped to 43 knots and our speed went to 13 knots as we bounced across the water like a cork.  We dug Anonymous Dave out of a deep slumber for some advice; his advice:  "It's a squall.  I'm going back to bed."  What wasn't clear to Anonymous Bob what a  "squall" was --  typical. read more...


Wings - Wings Blog - Toothbrush
Wings - Wings Blog - Toothbrush
04/11/2013

Golden Spirit of Islay - The Story so far

The story so farWe raised our ARC flag on 15 August as we left our marina at Lavrio, near Athens, to begin our long journey to Las Palmas and onward to St. Lucia. It was only a short downwind sail to anchor under Cape Sounion for the last time in many years as this was the start of our circumnavigation.  We soon passed through The Corinth Canal and made our way to The Ionian. We visited Ithaca, Lefkas and Cephalonia, anchoring out each night until we reached Zakyththos where we took on extra crew, Viv & Steve, for the journey as far as Lanzarote.  The expected Northerly winds, for once in this part of the world did not blow, in fact on our journey to Sicily, we needed to motor a lot of the way.  A few days in Sicily tied up at Naxos, a small harbour for which no charge. read more...


Golden Spirit of Islay - Michael Corinth Canal
Golden Spirit of Islay - Michael Corinth Canal
Golden Spirit of Islay - Michael & Caroline Sicily
Golden Spirit of Islay - Michael & Caroline Sicily
Golden Spirit of Islay - Caroline going West
Golden Spirit of Islay - Caroline going West
Firefly - landfall Lanzarote
Firefly - landfall Lanzarote
Firefly - Nazare even before the big waves hit!
Firefly - Nazare even before the big waves hit!
Firefly - Genniker around Finistere
Firefly - Genniker around Finistere
Firefly - landfall and cake at the Ria Altas
Firefly - landfall and cake at the Ria Altas
03/11/2013

Wings - Wings: Jib Jam at Midnight

Wings:  Jib Jam at Midnight Wings crossed the starting line on Saturday at 3:10, ready to sail into a beautiful evening.  Winds from the north west settled into a steady 15-20 knots.  Got into our routine; set the watches for the night.  All good so far. Early on, the leach line was too loose on the main, so we had to pull in the main.  Dave  climbed up on the boom, worked his way  out to the end, and appraised the situation.  He asked Tommy to get him some line and a sharp razor and then Dave proceeded to hog-tie the sail together.  After about 10 minutes, the job was done.  However, during the event, Dave saw Tommy put his hand on the main sheet, and yelled "Don't let that out!" Tommy calmly responded "I was just holding it so it. read more...


03/11/2013

Trillium - 3 Nov : Off with a Tangled Start!

We made the early Start out of the Elizabeth River yesterday with the rest of the fleet. However, as we were putting up the mainsail, it jammed so we crossed the Start Line with the Genoa and half of a main all crumpled up 3/4 of the way up the mast! Needless to say, as soon as we crossed the Start Line we started to dislodge the jam. After much angst, Tom went up the mast and managed to untangle the top of the sail that had folded over on itself. We all sighed a sigh of relief and started out to see. We were well behind the fleet as we could see them nearing the Chesapeake Bay entrance. Once we finally got out of the Bay, a hot chicken and rice dinner was served and night watches began. It was an interesting night with winds gusting to 30 kts and out of the North. At times,. read more...


03/11/2013

Tal Lira - Day 2

Day one was a fine day, nice weather, no wind, but later at 18.00 it came up, and towards the Gulf Stream it was even better, except for the waves, now we are used to them and it will soon be over, hopefully we can cook our Sunday Morning breakfast as usual!!Have fun!! Peter and Pauline. read more...


03/11/2013

Wings - Wings Blog #3

Starting at the beginning:  We left Annapolis for Portsmouth at 4:30 on Halloween, just in time to catch the beginning, middle, and end of the weather front.  Loooong trip down the Bay; hence, "the troubled waters."   But, good news! -- after nearly 10 years of a fridge-on-the-fritz, we got it replaced and it works beautifully.  Hence:  "Fridge Over Troubled Waters." More later... . read more...


03/11/2013

Wings Blog - Long trip down the bay before the start in Portsmouth

Starting at the beginning:  We left Annapolis for Portsmouth at 4:30 on Halloween, just in time to catch the beginning, middle, and end of the weather front.  Loooong trip down the Bay; hence, "the troubled waters."   But, good news! -- after nearly 10 years of a fridge-on-the-fritz, we got it replaced and it works beautifully.  Hence:  "Fridge Over Troubled Waters."More later... . read more...


02/11/2013

Tal Lira - Log day 1 - Goodbye Mia, Andy Miles and all others! at Portsmouth, Ocean Yacht Marina

We will start soon just to get out and don't be in the way of the real rally to Tortola!It was fun and we had a great time at Ocean Yacht Marina, we will stay in touch, and we hope we have a good sail all the way up to Abacos!Cheers, Peter and Pauline. read more...


02/11/2013

Sojourner - Sojourner underway

Looking forward to a great Caribbean 1500 Rally. read more...


Sojourner - Sojourner underway
Sojourner - Sojourner underway
02/11/2013

Solstice - First night at sea

Very calm at the moment.  Expecting to pick up late.  Small craft advisory, so they say.. read more...


Solstice - First night at sea
Solstice - First night at sea
02/11/2013

Windleblo - On our way

36 hours in.Crew bonding well. No issues there. I asked the crew what they like most about sailing.The Irishman likes the self-reliance element of ocean passage-making. The Austrian likes being away from it all, out in the wilderness.So far, we've tried broad reaching, 130% genoa only, and gennaker-ing with the main. Each has its down side and its virtues. Tomorrow we will rig dual head sails and try that without the main. Then we'll have a basis for choosing whichever seems best.. read more...


Solstice - The galley is stocked
Solstice - The galley is stocked
02/11/2013

Solstice - We have shoved off

To avoid NE winds as we cross the gulf stream, we and the fleet are heading out a day early.  Bonn voyage.   Don. read more...


Solstice - We have shoved off
Solstice - We have shoved off
Free Spirit -
Free Spirit -
02/11/2013

Solstice - Under Way

We have departed Ocean Marine Yacht Center and are cruising out to the starting area.   Boat number 2 out.--                            _ _ __.. .__o. .   .  .  .  . .      - -_--.-  _`\<,_                            (  ( (( (_)/ (_). read more...


02/11/2013

Shelduck - Shelduck's Adventure!

SHELDUCK TO AMERICANeil HegartyWe both enjoy significant birthdays this year, Anne being five years the younger. In order to celebrate in a memorable way I invited her to sail across the north Atlantic to America. Our families were not happy for us to do so on our own so I joined ARC Atlantic 2013.  Gabby (Perry) & Brendan McGarvey accepted the invitation to crew for the Atlantic crossing.Shelduck was laid up ashore at Descobre Ventos at Doca Belem Lisbon in November 2012 to be prepared for our adventure.The first job was to replace all standing and running rigging which, like everything else, was ten years old. Shelduck is a Dufour 34 built in La Rochelle in 2003 fitted with a standard, not the tall racing rig and a deep racing, fully lead keel so she is quite stiff to sail.. read more...


Shelduck - Shelduck's Adventure!
Shelduck - Shelduck's Adventure!
Wings - FridgeOverTroubledWaters
Wings - FridgeOverTroubledWaters
02/11/2013

Wings - FridgeOverTroubledWaters

We sail in an hour ........ or so.And Anonymous has dropped his specs overboard!!!!!. read more...